A New Type of Healthy Exercise for Alaskans – Fishing

Upon reading the title of this blog post you might be thinking – Fishing? Huh?

Just stay with me though…

For Alaskans getting outside during the summer months means you might be able to see some awesome wildlife such as bears, moose, bald eagles, whales, caribou, or even a wolf. 

There’s so much to do and see in Alaska, yet many are tied to their job in a cubicle or stuck inside with random things to do. 

One thing that is catching on though, (no pun intended) is fishing! Yes, fishing is already popular in Alaska but it’s growing at an even greater rate as of late due to popular Youtubers sharing their fishing videos on the web. 

A great place to hire a local fishing guide is in Juneau, AK where you can find many successful fishing charters that will take you out, provide everything, and make sure you get on the fish that day. 

Our top pick is BestDamnCharters out of Juneau AK. They will pick you up from your cruise or hotel free of charge and get you on rockfish, halibut, and salmon 6 months out of the year. 

So if you’re needing to get outdoors, get some exercise, fresh air, and sunshine, consider hiring a fishing guide in Juneau, AK like BestDamnCharters so you can have a great time and make plenty of memories. 

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Kindred Healthcare‘s mission is to encourage healing, give hope, provide integrity and trust to everyone we work with directly or indirectly. We are here to serve.

We understand it can be somewhat difficult to find the right health care providers in the Anchorage, Alaska area so we have made it our mission to seek out only the best practitioners to assist. Whether you need to find a chiropractor, dentist, massage therapist, dermatologist, or a heart specialist we can help! We have been serving the Anchorage area for 20+ years and people rely on our reviews and seek our advice daily. If you think your business should be promoted here, you can always visit our Contact Page and ask to be reviewed. 

Why Sunshine is Good For You

For years, we have been told to use sunscreen and cover up in the summer, and that too much sun exposure is bad for our health. While this is true, what a lot of people don’t realize is that in moderation sunshine is good for us.

Have you ever felt sad, down or depressed during the winter months? If so, there’s a chance that you were suffering from SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder, especially in Alaska with our long dark winters. The lack of sunlight during the winter can actually impair your mood, disrupting your sleep pattern, and impairing your cognitive function too.

In addition, your body needs sunlight to make vitamin D. You can take in some vitamin D through your diet, but if you get 15-20 minutes of sunlight during the day, that will help your body to make enough of this essential vitamin of its own accord.

Waking up to the morning sun, and then going to sleep when it gets dark is a normal sleep pattern for our bodies. We struggle so much to sleep these days because we often find that we need to wake up when it’s still dark, then we spend time in rooms with artificial lighting, looking at computer screens that give off glows which confuse our internal body clocks, so our brains don’t know when to secrete the hormones that are associated with wakefulness or with sleep.

That’s why taking some time away from the computer screen is so beneficial, and why spending a bit of time going for a walk in the sun will cheer us up and make us feel better.

Getting some sunshine, for a few minutes each day, can help to reduce the appearance of acne, give you healthy looking skin (a full tan is not necessarily a sign of ‘health’, and deliberate tanning can be harmful, but some exposure to the sun is beneficial), and also provide the vitamin D producing-benefits previously mentioned. Vitamin D helps your body to absorb calcium, which means that indirectly, getting some sunshine each day will help to improve the health of your teeth and bones. This is beneficial for anyone, but particularly so if you are concerned about the possibility of developing osteoporosis in later life.

So, take a moment during your lunch break to go outside and walk around the parking lot. Open your windows at home, sit out in the garden sometimes, and enjoy nature’s best, free mood boost. If you need to check out the daylight hours in Alaska, you can also use this handy little calculator. 

The Benefits Of An Annual Health Physical

health checkupAn annual physical examination is one of the best ways to get peace of mind about your health. It is a means of reviewing your current medical health and is often beneficial in finding out whether or not you are developing any new ailments. Below are some of the other major benefits of a yearly checkup, as well as some of the things you should do before going for one.

During your yearly physical examination your doctor will check your weight, cholesterol and blood pressure. When you check these yearly it is easy to monitor any change in the numbers, since a change in weight, cholesterol or blood pressure can have a negative impact on your overall health.

Your annual checkup is a great time to review you diet and exercise plan with your doctor. It is also a good time to develop a diet and exercise plan if you do not already have one. During your yearly checkup you can get your vaccinations done. Adults do not need to be vaccinated as regularly as children but you still need to keep your vaccinations current, so go ahead and have any outdated vaccines done during your health checkup, especially if you have young children who are susceptible to contagious diseases.

Your yearly checkup is also the best time to get your flu shot. You might want to consider scheduling your checkup to coincide with the flu season so that you can get a flu shot the same time that you get a full physical.

Try to visit the same doctor for your yearly checkup if possible. This approach keeps all of your health information in the same place at all times. It also means that you will have a doctor who is familiar with your health issues in case you develop a serious illness.

Before you go for your physical you should put together a list of all your current health concerns and make a list of all the medications you are currently taking. If you are going to see a new doctor it is good to have a copy of your previous health records available so that your doctor can get a clearer picture of your health throughout the years.

With all the benefits that can be gained from getting a regular checkup it is always a good idea to make one a routine part of your yearly activities. Along with your regular checkup, getting a full body analysis from the Healing Therapeutics Health and Wellness Clinic in Anchorage, AK is a necessity, at least for me. I have been getting these body analysis for several years now and they work wonders. At the clinic, Dr. Mark Stewart thoroughly examines what makes your body, – your body. He can determine what foods, exercise, and/or supplements will work best for your body. We are all different at the end of the day and finding out what’s best for your body is essential. 

Store Outside Your Door: Indigenous food and health for Alaska Native people

Store Outside Your Door: Indigenous food and health for Alaska Native people

“Store Outside Your Door: Indigenous food and health for Alaska Native people”
By Gary Ferguson, ND (Unangan/Aleut), Community Health Services Senior Director, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) Store Outside Your Door (SOYD) Initiative focuses on the promotion of traditional and local foods by expanding on the concepts of hunting, fishing, gathering, and growing in Alaska. Our rural communities are often considered “food deserts,” if just comparing what is available in the local store. The SOYD program has been working, over the past nine years to educate and empower communities in the knowledge of how to live vibrantly off the bounty of the land around them. We highlight successful hunter, fisher, gatherers and help share elder wisdom that has helped our First People survive for thousands of years, in the oftentimes harsh landscape that many of our communities are located. Through workshops, written materials, social media, and webisodes, we are working with Alaska Native families so children can grow up with healthy, local foods. This addresses food security, its connections to chronic disease and also helps link traditional foods with reinforcing the wisdom in our many cultures and languages – thereby also promoting resilience. The SOYD initiative started with the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture funded research project, “Helping Ourselves To Health,” where communities engaged through focus groups addressing food/nutrition security asked for more modern recipes utilizing traditional foods along with media that they could view on the TV and Internet. Our current focus is on developing maternal child health resources reinforcing traditional foods as first foods.

This presentation was made at the First Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition on September 26, 2016, in Prior Lake, Minnesota. This was the first-ever convening dedicated to integrating traditional, Indigenous knowledge and Western, academic research on the dietary health of Native Americans. It was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC), and made possible through the SMSC’s Seeds of Native Health campaign to improve Native nutrition and food access. More information is available at www.seedsofnativehealth.org/conference.

Alaska sees 26 percent drop in health insurance rates

Alaska sees 26 percent drop in health insurance rates

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaskans buying health insurance on the individual market will see a decrease of 26.5 percent in rates next year, the sole insurer in the state announced Tuesday.

Alaskans had been paying some of the highest premiums in the nation.

Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield attributed the decrease to a significant reduction in the use of medical services and the state’s establishment of a program to address high claims separately, called reinsurance.

Premera’s announcement “shows that my team’s out-of-the box thinking in creating the Alaska Reinsurance Program – approved by the Legislature – has paid off,” Alaska Gov. Bill Walker said in an email statement.

“It also supports a need for Congress to fully examine the impacts of any changes to the Affordable Care Act, which enabled the creation of this program,” said Walker, an independent who favors a bipartisan approach to healthcare overhaul.

The decrease could mean nearly 0 a month

Donald Trump threatens to punish Alaska to get back at Lisa Murkowski because of health care

Donald Trump threatens to punish Alaska to get back at Lisa Murkowski because of health care

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A new report suggests that President Donald Trump is willing to take his rage against Sen. Lisa Murkowski out on her entire home state of Alaska.

On Wednesday afternoon, both Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Alaska’s other senator, had received calls from Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke indicating that Alaska could pay a price at the Trump administration’s hands as a result of Murkowski’s vote, according to a report by Alaska Dispatch News.

“I’m not going to go into the details, but I fear that the strong economic growth, pro-energy, pro-mining, pro-jobs and personnel from Alaska who are part of those policies are going to stop,” Sullivan told the paper.

He added that although he tried to “push back” on behalf of the residents of his state, “We’re facing some difficult times and there’s a lot of enthusiasm for the policies that Secretary Zinke and the president have been talking about with regard to our economy. But the message was pretty clear.”

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Forum@360: Why is health care in Alaska so expensive?

Forum@360: Why is health care in Alaska so expensive?

Alaska regularly ranks at or near the top in health care costs. Leading experts from state government, the hospital and nursing home industry, and the insurance industry discuss why. They’ll also talk about how they’re trying to push these costs down. The panelists include Alaska Division of Insurance Director Lori Wing-Heier, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association President and CEO Becky Hultberg and Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield Senior Vice President of Healthcare Service Beth Johnson. KTOO & Alaska Public Media’s Andrew Kitchenman hosts.

Ready to deal this time? Alaska’s Murkowski is in the health-care spotlight. Again.

Ready to deal this time? Alaska’s Murkowski is in the health-care spotlight. Again.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is trailed by members of the media in the basement of the Capitol on Tuesday.

Lisa Murkowski walked briskly down a cavernous hallway on the first floor of the Capitol, awash in a small sea of reporters. Suddenly she paused, seemingly overcome by the pressure of the moment.

“You guys — hold,” the Republican senator from Alaska said curtly. “Give me breathing room, please. It gets a little intense. I know you guys don’t feel it, but it’s like, whoa.”

Another effort to replace the Affordable Care Act is underway, and in Washington that means one thing: Murkowski is at the center of it all — under the glare of the national spotlight and squarely on the minds of White House officials and Senate Republican leaders who are strenuously seeking her support.

That’s the way it was Wednesday, as Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-La). and Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C). huddled with

Is Senator Lindsey Graham Walking Back Principles For Alaska? | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Is Senator Lindsey Graham Walking Back Principles For Alaska? | Morning Joe | MSNBC

Back in June, Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke out against carveouts for votes when it came to health care, but is he going against his principles in the Graham-Cassidy bill? The panel discusses.
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Trump administration threatens retribution against Alaska over Murkowski health votes

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